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Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King

Born: November 22, 1943 (age 74) in Long Beach

Billie Jean King


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Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player.

King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles.

King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships.

King often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup.

She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups.

For three years, King was the United States' captain in the Federation Cup.

King is an advocate for sexual equality.

In 1973, at age 29, she won the so-called Battle of the Sexes tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, and was the founder of the Women's Tennis Association, World TeamTennis, and the Women's Sports Foundation.

King was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.

The Fed Cup Award of Excellence was bestowed on King in 2010.

In 1972, King was the joint winner, with John Wooden, of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award and was one of the Time Persons of the Year in 1975.

King has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year lifetime achievement award.


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Q & A: Billie Jean King on the Serena Williams uproar, kneeling during national anthem and Christine Blasey Ford

Tennis legend and activist Billie Jean King regaled the 3,100 people inside the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday for the annual Women's Foundation of Colorado luncheon, reminding everyone that..
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Billie Jean King, Abdul-Jabbar tackle homophobia in sports

Billie Jean King and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are lending their names to the fight against homophobia in sports
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Billie Jean King Highlights Importance Of Mindfulness & Positive Impact [Video]Billie Jean King Highlights Importance Of Mindfulness & Positive Impact  00:46

Billie Jean King, known for her skill at tennis, spoke at the Women's Foundation of Colorado's Annual Luncheon on Wednesday.

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WEB EXTRA: Billie Jean King Speaks At Women's Foundation of Colorado Luncheon [Video]WEB EXTRA: Billie Jean King Speaks At Women's Foundation of Colorado Luncheon  06:08

Billie Jean King, known for her skill at tennis, spoke at the Women's Foundation of Colorado's Annual Luncheon on Wednesday.

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Billie Jean King Joins Dodgers Ownership Group [Video]Billie Jean King Joins Dodgers Ownership Group  00:32

Tennis legend Billie Jean King has become a minority owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Tennis Icon Billie Jean King Weighs In On Women's U.S. Open Final [Video]Tennis Icon Billie Jean King Weighs In On Women's U.S. Open Final  00:46

Speaking about Saturday's controversial US Open final, Billie Jean King, the tennis legend and equal rights advocate, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Serena Williams was "out of line," but umpire..

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Billie Jean King Says Serena Williams' U.S. Open Penalty Due to Billie Jean King Says Serena Williams' U.S. Open Penalty Due to "Double Standard" | THR News  03:02

Billie Jean King Says Serena Williams' U.S. Open Penalty Due to "Double Standard" | THR News

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Billie Jean King Says Serena Williams Is Treated Differently Than Male Athletes as WTA Backs Her [Video]Billie Jean King Says Serena Williams Is Treated Differently Than Male Athletes as WTA Backs Her  00:45

Tennis great Billie Jean King is addressing major factors that she says played a role in how the game transpired: Williams’ gender and race.

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